Coastal areas contain habitat essential for birds, ﬁsh and other wildlife. These areas also are vital to people, supporting maritime industries, providing recreation, and supporting towns and communities. The CWRP is one of several tools of the Coastal America Partnership, a joint venture between federal agencies and the Executive Ofﬁce of the President working in collaboration with state and local partners. The CWRP was created to facilitate voluntary corporate involvement in restoring the Nation’s critical aquatic habitats in cooperation with governments and other organizations.
The CWRP began in
Massachusetts in 1999 through the initiative of The Gillette Company, the Massachusetts Executive Ofﬁce of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), and a key Coastal America partner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Through CWRP, companies can donate matching funds or in-kind services for federally-supported projects to improve wetlands and other aquatic habitats. State CWRPs support projects that have been endorsed by Coastal America Regional Implementation Teams. Corporate participation in the CWRP is not a substitute for corporate compliance with federal or state requirements, however.